The Grey Area

Artwork Spotlight: Matthias Weischer’s “Bulgarisches Haus”

June 14, 2018 by Luming Guan Curated by artist Joel Sternfeld and currently on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, Landscapes after Ruskin: Redefining the Sublime is an intriguing experiment that explores the possibilities in representing landscape with over sixty artworks that range from the mid-nineteenth century to present. As the title indicates, many artworks […]

Artwork Spotlight: Ai Weiwei’s “Oil Spills”

May 21, 2018 by Mengyue Wu Upon entering the Grey Art Gallery, visitors encounter what look like giant puddles of crude oil pooling on the wooden floor. Occasionally stepped upon by visitors who neglect to look down, the shiny black “oil” is actually a porcelain installation, Oil Spills (2006), by Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei. […]

Frieze Art Fair in London

December 14, 2017 by Kawther AlKhudairy The Frieze Art Fair in London brings together a large number of some of the most passionate and renowned artists, gallerists, collectors, dealers, and art enthusiasts from around the globe for a weekend. This year alone, more than 200 galleries from 30 countries participated in the fair. Participating in […]

Past, Present, and Future: What Can We Learn from “Partners in Design”?

November 28, 2017 by Mengyue Wu The exhibition “Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson,” currently on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, traces the friendship between Barr, the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and Johnson, the first director of MoMA’s Architecture Department. Curated by David A. Hanks, the […]

Santiago Ramón y Cajal: Portraitist

August 9, 2017 by Kelly Ryser Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934) is a conspicuous name among neuroscientists and microbiologists, but beyond these fields, he is little known. A Nobel laureate and the father of modern neuroscience, Cajal reached unparalleled heights of scientific discovery through his micro-anatomical observations. Bolstering these feats are his carefully prepared drawings, which […]

Artwork Spotlight: Mark Mothersbaugh’s “Ruby Kusturd”

July 6, 2017 by Linda Tauscher Of all the works in Myopia, my personal favorite is undoubtedly Ruby Kusturd. Carved from the world’s largest ruby and weighing in at 30,090 carats, the piece exudes the subversive and whimsical attitude characteristic of Mark Mothersbaugh’s art. Currently on view at the Grey Art Gallery in Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, […]

Artwork Spotlight: Alex Katz’s “Ada Ada”

April 17, 2017 Daniel Domínguez Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965, the Grey Art Gallery’s winter/spring 2017 exhibition (which closed on April 1), explored the artistic communities who were active in the artist-run Tenth Street galleries of downtown Manhattan and beyond. These unique spaces showed works by iconic postwar artists such as […]

5 Questions with Brian Bentley

April 5, 2017 by Yuxi Pan   Recently, we spoke with the Grey Art Gallery’s Graduate Curatorial Assistant Brian Bentley to catch a glimpse of his work at the Grey. In this interview, Brian not only generously shared his curatorial experience but also gave us some tips on how to survive a PhD program. Having recently […]

Charlotte Moorman:<br/>Revolutionary Artist, Performer, Woman

December 13, 2016 Cansu Saltik The Grey Art Gallery’s A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s, presents a fascinating collection of artwork documenting the life and performances of a critical artist of the avant-garde who deserves more recognition for her contribution to the trajectory of experimental, multimedia, and feminist art. The exhibition, […]

Tracing the Birth of Turkish Modernism in a Global Context

July 29, 2016 Cansu Saltik Believing in art as a powerful cross-cultural tool with the potential to unify global societies, Abby Weed Grey approached contemporary art from a truly multicultural perspective, collecting art from Iran, India and Turkey over the course of her travels. Seeking art that expressed “the response of a contemporary sensibility to […]